Tuesday, 6 March 2012
Dáil Éireann Debate
347. Deputy David Stanton asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the funding made available and expenditure of the Private Residential Tenancies Board each year respectively since it was established; the number of staff employed by the board each year respectively; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12249/12]
348. Deputy David Stanton asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if he will provide details of the number of applicants to the Private Residential Tenancies Board dispute resolution service in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and to date in 2012 respectively; the number of staff currently engaged in the dispute resolution service of the board; the average waiting time for applicants to access this service in each of these years respectively; the number of cases currently awaiting a decision; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12250/12]
I have no function in the operational matters of the Private Residential Tenancies Board (PRTB), an independent statutory body established on 1 September 2004 under the Residential Tenancies Act 2004. While the PRTB received Exchequer funding for a number of years, it has operated on a self-financing basis since 2010. The Table outlines the Exchequer funding received by the PRTB from 2004-2009.
The PRTB publishes a range of statistics in their annual reports and accounts which are available on its website www.prtb.ie. The statistics include data on dispute resolution figures and on staffing levels. The most recently published report and accounts relate to 2010. The PRTB has a current staffing complement of 50 and it is required, under the Employment Control Framework, to reduce this number to 35 by the end of 2012.
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